This post is by Gotham Hipster
Once you've started your blog, you've probably realized the readers don't all come out by themselves. Here are some tips to get yourself out there and interacting with the blog community, and your readers.
An interview is the most personal way to market yourself to viewers, because you're giving away quite a bit of information about yourself, they can just as easily detract readers as they can increase your popularity.
- Be the interviewer. Although we all want to be interviewed, the best way to get notoriety is email your favorite bloggers, requesting to interview them. Go to interviews they’ve done in the past to make sure your not asking them the same questions. Hopefully they’ll post it to their blog, exposing you to their readers.
- Choose who interviews you. It’s exciting when people ask to interview you, at first I suggest taking the ones you can get. But after you’ve done a couple discuss with them the questions their asking, and check out their followers to make sure it’s worth your while.
- The obvious Twitter. I am Twitter newbie, but in my brief time on the site I've seen how valuable a networking source it can be. You can gain followers, at a faster pace, and even expose yourself to the world of celebrities. But certainly the most useful part of Twitter, is building more personal connections with your readers more readily, than a normal blogging format allows.
- Facebook/Myspace. Many people have suggested to me that I network through personal pages. Connecting with people who have the same interests at you can have help attract large portions of your blog traffic. Just make sure that you are comfortable with how much you're sharing so that it doesn't get out of hand.
Although it may seem innate to comment on other blogger’s posts, there are a couple tips and tricks that you can benefit from (besides those warm feelings you get when you’ve just complimented someone). Comments are like little written vignettes. You have a very limited space to show other bloggers who you are, so use that space wisely.
Make your comments are worthwhile. Make comments that can start discussion. Instead of just saying “cute dress!”, try writing something more in depth, depicting why you like something, or what you thought was unique about the blogger. “I love the juxtaposition of lace and florals; red looks simply darling on you!”
Tracking your traffic
How do I know how many visitors I have? Which ones are returning vs. new? Tracking your blog traffic is truly one of the most beneficial applications a blog can have. By looking at the stats you can determine what parts of the world your viewers are coming from, where there being referred by, how many viewers are new vs. returning, and how many total page loads you have. There are so many different stat counters, how do you know which one to choose?
Pros: allows you to have an invisible stat counter so that your number of viewers doesn’t appear in your blog. It’s free.
Cons: doesn’t give you a description of where your viewers are referred from.
Pros: it has all the features you could want (unique visitors, top 50 referrals, popular posts)
Cons: if you’re going for their free version you have to have their ad your blogs
Pros: IFB creator and fellow blogger, Jennine put it, “It's probably one of the most widely used among professional bloggers as well as several media and ecommerce sites. Most of all it's free.”